Susan G. Komen® San Diego, in collaboration with all of the women and organizations that are part of the African American Breast Health Partnership, is excited to present “Circle of Promise Day,” a day we recognize the life and legacy of Henrietta Lacks. Henrietta Lacks was an African American woman whose cancer cells were used to create the HeLa cell line, one of the most important cell lines in medical science, which also contributed to breast cancer research. Her cells continue to be used in important cancer research today, many years after her death. Thus, she has become known as the “Immortal Henrietta Lacks.” August 1 was chosen because it is her birthday.

It is our goal to decrease disparities and empower African American women to be proactive about their breast health. We need to take action! Make your promise today by sharing this post and encouraging other women over age 40 or at greater risk to get mammograms annually.